Case study - Ngati Awa Farm land-use change
Ngati Awa excited about new land-use project
In recent years, extreme rainfall events have taken their toll
on Ngati Awa Farm, located on the fringes of the Whakatane and
Ohope urban areas, and the Ohiwa Harbour.
Frequent heavy downpours have caused significant
erosion on the farm's steep slopes and in the streams, causing
economic, environmental and operational problems for its owner,
Ngāti Awa Group Holdings.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council land management staff began farm
assessment and planning work for Ngati Awa Farm in 2009. Farm
managers have used the information and recommendations to drive
land use and management decisions, including a change in land use
on some areas of the farm, from pastoral farming into such
alternatives as tree production, returning land to indigenous
forest and wetland.
Beverly Hughes, environmental manager for Ngāti Awa at the time,
said the iwi is very excited about the project.
"This will not only allow for diversification of this land
parcel owned by Ngati Awa, but it will also enable us to continue
to use our lands in a more sustainable way," Ms Hughes